Prof Ron Loveland F.Inst.P, Energy Adviser to the Welsh Government
Prof Ron Loveland is a very experienced member of the senior civil service with a strong technology background who has worked extensively at the industry/government interface on technology, innovation, enterprise and energy-related matters over the last 35 years.
Following tenure as DirectorSustainable Energy and Industry in the earlier Welsh Assembly Government, he was appointed 6 years ago as the energy adviser to the Welsh Government- with a mix of path-finding, advisory and ambassadorial roles associated with helping to deliverambitious clean and smart energy objectives for Wales on a joined-up government basis.
Currently Ron is exploring with a wide range of stakeholders how innovation in: energy and digital technologies, infrastructure provision, buildings, markets, government activities and planning/regulation- can , if well integrated, help create a secure, low-carbon, low-cost energy system for Wales, the UK and wider afield. This is likely to involve a coherent systems approach, with interalia more effective consumer engagement, increasing local energy generation, stronger indigenous supply chains and the much smarter use of energy for power, heat and transport.
Prior to this work, and following a much earlier research career in the public and private sectors, Ron was the chief technology officer responsible for advising the Welsh Assembly Government on energy, steel, telecommunications and more general sustainable business-development policies
Ron now has a 5 year appointment as an honorary professor at the College of Engineering, Swansea University. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Physics who participates in the work of many UK and Wales energy and innovation fora
Ron is privileged to have an international dimension to his work, having visited China, Japan,USA, Australia, Middle-east and Europe to gain a global view of low carbon energy work. He is also a visiting-scientist at the world-class CSIRO solar-energy R&D centre in Newcastle in Australia.
With the recent Government commitment to upgrading UK energy infrastructure and increasing clean energy investment the UK is on course to building a diverse energy system with greater security in supply and record investments in renewable technology and reliable electricity. The session will explore the current mix of policy interventions and subsidies in the energy […]